Longest-living vertebrate

Greenland sharks are now the longest-living vertebrate animals (that we know!). By using radiocarbon dating on the eye lens cells of 28 Greenland sharks, researchers found that the oldest of the bunch was 392 (plus/minus 120) years old.   Further reading:  —————————- Eye lens radiocarbon reveals centuries of longevity in the Greenland shark (Somniosus microcephalus)…

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Gender in languages

Many languages have a grammatical gender system. In these languages, objects that innately do not inherently have a gender are assigned a gender. However, they do not always agree! Sometimes, one language assigns masculine to a noun while another language assigns feminine. For instance, fork is feminine in German, but masculine in Spanish.

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Which gene have you got?

Whilst one of the forms for the gene ALDH2, is rare amongst Europeans and Africans it is present in 30-50% of Chinese and Japanese. This variation is known to cause alcohol flush – i.e. face going bright red after drinking alcohol. On the other hand, 40-80% of the Chinese and Japanese population have the variant…

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What is in food

I thought it was interesting how different people may see food content differently. We are taught the main food content being protein, carbohydrate and fat when we are younger. Then we are told that there are other important nutrients, like vitamins. Even under the category “protein”, there are different amino acids; some people might pay attention…

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Garlic breath

Chopping raw garlic releases a number of volatile sulfur compounds. Of these, allyl methyl sulphide is the main culprit.In addition, our body is bad at breaking down allyl methyl sulphide and more gets made after garlic is consumed. The compound is passed into the blood, and eventually will exit our body through our sweat and breath, leaving the notorious garlic…

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